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15 May 2018 15:27:12 |Finance,Government,News

Review into £160m worth of farm subsidies owed to Scotland delayed

Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the UK government has "repeatedly ignored" the issue

Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the UK government has "repeatedly ignored" the issue

A review into the £160 million in CAP funding owed to Scottish hill farmers is to be delayed, the Scottish government has confirmed.
Despite agreeing to conduct a review following pressure from the Scottish government, the UK government has now written to Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing informing of the open ended delay.
Under the last CAP reform, the EU set out to redistribute direct payments more equally based on average Euros per hectare.
The UK only qualified for a £190 million uplift because Scotland’s low payment rate per hectare, which brought the UK below the qualifying threshold.
To date, the UK government has only allocated around £30 million to Scotland, with the rest being distributed across the UK, despite the money being earned in Scotland.
Mr Ewing said the delay is unacceptable because Scottish hill farmers are owed £160 million. He said the UK Government has repeatedly ignored the issue.

“I have been clear throughout that the money was earned in Scotland, and quite frankly should be returned to Scotland,” Mr Ewing explained.
“Our demand for the monies to be returned to Scotland is not against farmers in other parts of the UK, but is about setting a precedent for future agricultural funding within the UK. The lack of progress on this long-standing unresolved issue is disappointing, particularly at a time when we are about to enter a range of complex and critical future funding discussions with the UK Government.
He added: “Having already secured the review and agreed its independent chair, it is disappointing to learn that the review is being kicked into the long grass.”


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